International jazz artists contest was founded in 2004 and it is the only jazz genre contest in Latvia that has attained such a recognition gathering young and undiscovered jazz talents from all over the World.
Viktors Ritovs - piano, Edvīns Ozols - double bass, Artis Orubs - drums and Kristaps Lubovs - saxophone are among the best musicians in Latvia.
Artis Orubs | Drums
Drummer, percussionist, and producer, who has cooperated with musicians that represent the most different genres and styles of music (jazz, funk, folk, electronic).
Alongside being a musician, teaches at the Department of Percussion of the Latvian Academy of Music. Since 2012 - drummer of Latvian Radio Big Band.
Edvīns Ozols | Double bass
Bass guitarist, double bassist. His musical variety can be described with the genres of projects in which Edvīns is a part of - from jazz and funk to swing and rock. Performed together with Artis Orubs (drums), Intars Busulis (vocal), Gints Pabērzs (saxophone) and a lot of other great Latvian jazz musicians.
Kristaps Lubovs | Saxophone
Graduated from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy. Actively performing together with such groups as Pieneņu Vīns", "Bunch of Gentlemen", "Very Cool People" and “PeR". Latvian Radio Bigband saxophonist. In 2014 won the Nick Gotham music award on creative activity.
Viktors Ritovs | Piano
Pianist and keyboardist. As the soloist and educator has hosted master-classes and lectures in Latvia and abroad. Laureate of many pianist contests in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland. Has performed at Rigas Ritmi Festival, Pori Jazz, Nomme Jazz, Venice Jazz, as well as the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Brussels Jazz Festival and much more as a member of Maris Briezkalns Quintet. Director of chamber ensemble class in Latvian Academy of Music. Since 2012 - a pianist of Latvian Radio Big Band.